Artistic Staff Bios
Artistic Staff for Man of La Mancha:
CHARLES MOREY (Director) has been Artistic Director of Pioneer Theatre Company since 1984. He has directed over ninety productions for PTC including, in recent years, the world premieres of Find and Sign, In and Touch(ed), the first regional theatre productions of Les Misérables, The Producers and The Vertical Hour and many others ranging from the classic to the contemporary. He is the author of nine plays including Laughing Stock, The Ladies Man, The Yellow Leaf, Dumas’ Camille and stage adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers. All received their premieres at PTC and most have moved on to successful productions at professional theatres across the country including Denver Center Theatre Company, LA Theatreworks, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Peterborough Players, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Elm Shakespeare Company, Theatre in the Square, Centenary Stage Company and many others in addition to hundreds of US and International amateur productions. His latest project, Figaro (a free adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro) was commissioned by New York’s Pearl Theatre Company and will open off-Broadway in November. From 1977 to 1988 he served as Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s Peterborough Players. New York directing credits include productions for the Ark Theatre Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has directed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Meadow Brook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has served as both a panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony. He will retire as Artistic Director of PTC at the end of the current season to focus on writing and freelance directing projects.
JAYNE LUKE (Choreographer) has choreographed many PTC productions, including Emma,Sunset Boulevard, The Light in the Piazza, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Phantom, Big River and Pride and Prejudice. Some of her acting roles at PTC were in The Producers, Present Laughter, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath and Death of a Salesman. Favorite roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at SLCC’s Grand Theatre, the title role inKimberly Akimbo at SLAC, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone at Hale Center Theater in Orem, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at Egyptian Theatre Company, and Ruth in Facing East for Plan-B Theatre Company that played in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and off-Broadway in New York City. Jayne is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
PAUL KIERNAN* (Captain of the Inquisition, Fight Choreographer) appeared with Pioneer Theatre Company in Laughing Stock, Emma, The Tempest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelve Angry Men, Romeo & Juliet, Pride and Prejudice and Amadeus, among others. At SLAC, Paul has been seen in Freedomland, The Memory of Water, The Beard of Avon, The Water Projectand Seeing the Elephant. Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Julius Caesar (Brutus) with Salt Lake Shakespeare; Cyrano(Hangar Theatre, Ithaca). Other productions include Macbeth, The Tempest, As You Like It andMuch Ado About Nothing with the Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis. TV and film credits include Disney’s Luck of the Irish, The Maldonado Miracle, Ice Spiders and the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. A proud member of AEA, Paul has an MFA from Brandeis University.
STEVEN BARLOW (Music Director) began his musical career 21 years ago here at Pioneer Theatre Company. He has been a part of over 40 productions as pianist, as well as conductor for PTC’s productions of Smokey Joe’s Café and James Joyce’s The Dead. He has served as musical director for Egyptian Theatre Company (Urinetown; Little Me; La Cage aux Folles;Ruthless!; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Beehive), CenterPoint Legacy Theatre (Pirated! Lucky Stiff) and Weber State University (Urinetown; Light in the Piazza; Musical of Musicals). Steven has also performed at Sundance Summer Theatre, Grand Theatre, and the Broadway Valentine concerts for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association. He is a proud graduate of the University of Utah and would like to thanks Charles Morey for the opportunity to work at this wonderful theatre company and to be a part of this, his final production as artistic director.
GEORGE MAXWELL (Set Designer) is the resident scenic designer for PTC. He recently designed Annie, Next to Normal, Rent, Sunset Boulevard and White Christmas. Favorite PTC designs include A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story, Chicago, Les Misérables, Metamorphoses,Enchanted April, The Importance of Being Earnest, West Side Story, Proof, Peter Pan, Noises Off, Man of La Mancha, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Foreigner and Miss Saigon. His Utah Opera Company designs include The Coronation of Poppea and The Ballad of Baby Doe, and he has designed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well as 21 productions for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. George is a member of United Scenic Artists. To see more of his work visit www.xmission.com/~gmaxwell.
CAROL WELLS-DAY (Costume Designer) is one of PTC’s resident costume designers and the costume shop supervisor. Her recent designs for PTC include Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Black Comedy, Dracula, Twelve Angry Men, Is He Dead?, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, The Light in the Piazza, The Heiress, Doubt, Lost in Yonkers, Pride and Prejudice, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Importance of Being Earnest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Cyrano de Bergerac,Peter Pan, The Three Musketeers, Joyful Noise, Big River, As You Like It, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Streetcar Named Desire, An Ideal Husband, Misalliance, To Kill a Mockingbird, andHay Fever. She was assistant designer for Inherit the Wind at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C. She worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for 13 years as a costume shop supervisor and designer. This is Carol’s second tenure at PTC. During her earlier stint she designed over 15 productions, including My Fair Lady, Oliver and Romeo and Juliet. Carol has film and TV credits.
PHIL MONAT (Lighting Designer) designed previous PTC productions of Annie, White Christmas, Hamlet, Touch(ed), My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Five Guys Named Moe,Chicago, Copenhagen, Ragtime, Anything Goes, Steel Magnolias and Alexandre Dumas and the Lady of the Camelias. He has designed over 450 productions in regional theatres throughout the country, including productions at The Old Globe in San Diego, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, The Alliance Theatre, The Arizona Theatre Co., The Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, The Huntington Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre,Geva Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, The Alley Theatre of Houston, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and The Goodspeed Opera, among others. Broadway designs include Legends starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Sly Fox starring Richard Dreyfuss, Finian’s Rainbow, Sally Marr & Her Escorts and Three From Brooklyn. Recent off-Broadway designs include Woman Before A Glass (Obie Award),Adult Entertainment, American Rhapsody and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill.
MATTHEW TIBBS (Sound Designer) Matthew is Pioneer Theatre Company’s Resident Sound Designer and Adjunct Faculty teaching sound design for the University of Utah. Favorite sound designs for PTC include Emma, Next to Normal and the world premiere of Find and Sign. Favorite designs for University of Utah include Rare Bird and The Adding Machine. Matthew has previously worked for Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Artists Repertory Theatre and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. MFA: University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) BA: George Fox University.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 20 years. She has worked for The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can also be seen inThe Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, and Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film by Ruskai and Lowery. She attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where she studied with Hair and Makeup Designer Lenna Kaleva. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and a current University of Utah instructor of wigs and makeup.
WADE HOLLINGSHAUS (Dramaturg) is the head of Dramaturgy Studies in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, literary and cultural theory, theatre historiography, performance studies, and Finnish literature. Primarily, his research uses contemporary continental philosophy to explore and re-think various performative sites: rock and roll, media technologies, human rights, and dramaturgy, to name a few. He is currently working on a book project entitled Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie (forthcoming from Scarecrow Press) and is also conducting research into the relationship between dramaturgy and education theory. Among his dramaturgy credits are: Black Comedy (2011, Pioneer Theatre Company), The Elephant Man (2011, Brigham Young University), Peer Gynt (2003, University of Minnesota), and new plays developed by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.